It all starts with a great idea. For some screenplays, that comes as a memorable character. For others, it manifests as the plot. Maybe in the idea you’ve been dreaming about, it’s that fantastic world, unlike anything anyone has ever seen before that’s begging you to write it. Whatever that great idea is, it drives a writer to the page, inspiring them to bring those elements to life by writing it down. If that sounds like your situation but you don’t have the time or know how to execute that idea, screenplay ghostwriter services may be the right path for you.
Great ideas are the basis of great screenplays, this much has been true since the beginning of time. Think of your favorite movies or television programs. Whatever you just imagined, at the beginning of that finished product, was someone’s good idea.
How does a good idea become a great movie though? One that reaches an audience?
There is one word that comes to mind – execution.
If a writer wants to translate their great idea, that brilliant moment of unique inspiration, into a sellable product then they need to execute writing an outstanding screenplay. For an increasing number of those people, screenplay ghostwriter services are the best, most cost effective path.
What Is A Screenplay’s Audience?
The same as in movies and television, when it comes to screenplays, audience satisfaction really matters. When you sit down at the end of the day to watch a movie but find the story slow or lacking in engagement, the premise too outlandish to be believable, or the dialog stiff and unrealistic, what do you do?
If you’re like most people, you turn it off.
The same thing happens with a screenplay. If your audience (for a screenwriter that is defined as contest readers, prospective producers, hungry agents and interested actors) doesn’t find your work compelling, they toss it out. I’ve read interviews with producers that indicate most don’t read past the fifth page if they’re not interested.
How can they afford to do that though? Don’t they need to give the story a chance?
One reason is that they have, like you the movie viewer, a lot of options to choose from. A producer looking for a script to option or purchase isn’t likely to suffer for a lack of material. It is more likely that they’ll have dozens of really good scripts on their desk.
With the market so competitive, it’s important you take your audience’s needs seriously. For a screenwriter, the audience unfortunately consists of a lot of gatekeepers. These are the people that get movies made and make or break careers. In order to please them, your screenplay needs to be top notch. It needs to be an excellent story, well-executed, that clearly translates into a strong movie.
Who Are You?
My name is Erick Mertz, professional screenwriter, born and raised in Portland, Oregon where I have lived my entire life. Throughout my career as a screenwriter I have written dozens of award winning feature length screenplays. Many of those scripts have been optioned by producers and gone into production.
My debut feature length screenplay, “The Fawn”, was a finalist for the Academy of Film Science’s Nicholl Fellowship in 2004. That rural crime script was also recognized by the Austin Film Festival, The Story Pros, and the Oregon Screenwriting awards. Since writing “The Fawn” I have gone on to write several other feature length screenplays. I have written original works in a wide range of genres, covering everything from psychological thriller and mystery to low budget horror and biopic.
After many years in the business, my screenwriting skills are sharp and diverse, and I look forward to opportunities to work with exciting clients.
As a screenwriter for hire, I work with producers to develop exciting original works. My main focus is on writing screenplays that sell. That means properly formatted scripts, structured to please a producer.
Often I am hired to adapt existing novels, non-fiction articles and books, or short stories for cinematic development. I have created feature length and television scripts for independent producers working for Netflix, releasing on YouTube, and other markets across the world.
My writing journey began in college at the University of Oregon where I received degrees in English and communications. After taking years to carefully hone my craft, I decided to evolve that expertise. In 2005, I created this company, Erick Mertz Writing, as a way of bringing those story telling gifts to my clients.
I work with a professional team of top notch screenwriters, editors and story coaches. Everyone that is a part of my team is a writer that I would trust to write my story.
What is my company goal? It’s pretty simple, actually. I seek to bring high quality writing solutions to you at an affordable rate.
If you are serious about hiring a professional screenwriter for your script, please contact me via email, or call. Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.
Don’t Just Take My Word For It!
“I hired Erick to turn my idea into a screenplay. He captured my vision and exceeded my expectations. He is very easy to work with and always amenable to my suggestions. Very talented and I highly recommend him for your writing project.”
Kristin Segovia, creator of “Still Positive”
Screenplay Ghostwriter Services: Why Quality Matters
If you’re a fan of movies, or television, then you understand that we live in an era with an unprecedented amount of available content. There are more options for viewers today than ever before. Can you imagine what the pages of TV Guide would look like today?
It would be the size of a phone book!
With that competition for viewers has come corresponding competition amongst writers. That’s right. More open doors has created an influx of talented, hungry writers, looking for their big break. If you’re going to get the attention of your audience, your screenplay needs to be top notch.
Quality matters in screenwriting for a number of reasons. With tighter budgets and increasing production costs, your script needs to be in excellent shape before you consider sending it to producers. You can’t afford to “fix it later”. It needs to be ready to go right away.
The other reason quality matter, perhaps most importantly, is that the clearer your vision for the story is, the more likely you are to reach your target audience. Delivery an excellent product right away and you can be sure that your audience will understand and identify with it.
I talked earlier about that great idea. I like to call it the spark of story inspiration. Most writers either start out with the main character, a central problem/conflict or an undeniable story moment and build the remainder of the story from there.
I like to say that these are the “what if” moments where your story begins to take shape.
Something has to happen after “what if” though. A story has to take shape out of the wide range of possibilities. That main character needs skills and flaws. There probably needs to be a villain or antagonist somewhere. Their journey together needs to form what writers often call the narrative arc.
This is what we call story development.
I offer high-quality screenplay and teleplay development services that help bring your story idea from “what if” to “WOW”. Using a blend of knowledge from classical and mythological storytelling principles and modern methods, I can help you carve a strong and relatable story.
Screenplay Ghostwriter Services: Screenwriting
Getting from a well-developed concept to the page is the next phase in the progression. Unless you’re already recognized as one of Hollywood’s A-List screenwriters or producers, however, you can’t sell a studio or agent on merely a pitch.
You need a well written, properly formatted screenplay to bring to the market.
A properly written screenplay is work on a par with a novel (although comparing them is really more like apples to oranges). However, you choose to look at it, writing one hundred and ten pages of professional-grade screenplay requires years of practice.
As an award-winning screenwriter with multiple projects on my resume, my screenwriting work in a variety of genres and formats is top-notch. If you already have your concept together and need a writer to bring it to life, you’ve come to the right place.
In most instances, I offer clients multiple drafts of an original screenplay project, rewritten off of feedback. Just like a novel requires a second draft (or more) in order to get to its best quality, screenplays are collaborative.
You and I work together until the project is something you want to put your name on.
Screenplay Ghostwriter Services: ReWrites & Polishes
Have you just gotten feedback from a screenplay reader and you’re unsure what to do about it?
Sometimes I have found the best feedback leaves me lost for a while. Screenplay consulting services are out there and I feel like they are an excellent option for unlocking what your script needs to be the best it can be. Working with outside feedback is the hallmark of a professional writer.
What to do with five pages of notes, however, can be tricky.
When you feel stuck on where to go next with your screenplay, I can help with a ghostwritten screenplay rewrite. Bring me your problems! Your underdeveloped characters and flat storylines. As a new set of eyes with an experienced professional’s point of view, I can help you translate consultant feedback into story action.
I hope this addressed some of your interest in how screenplay ghostwriter services work. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.
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How Do I Contact You For Screenplay Ghostwriter Services?
If you are serious about hiring a fiction editor or having your book, screenplay or non-fiction story professionally written by a ghostwriter, or you need self-publishing help, please contact me via email, or call.
Every new contact receives a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation about their ghostwriting project or manuscript consultation.
Additionally, I offer all independent and self-publishing authors a 10% discount on my already affordable services.